Post-Communist Welfare States in European Context
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Post-Communist Welfare States in European Context

Patterns of Welfare Policies in Central and Eastern Europe

Kati Kuitto

This is the first book providing a comprehensive and systematic empirical assessment of the post-communist welfare states in Central and Eastern Europe in the context of their Western European counterparts. Based on the classical typologies of welfare regimes, the study systematically compares 26 European welfare states across three empirical dimensions. This way, the book sheds light on the hybrid patterns of welfare policies in post-communist countries, as they have emerged after the period of transformation, and discusses their future challenges.
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Chapter 5: Empirical analysis: emerging patterns of welfare policies in the CEE countries

Kati Kuitto

Abstract

This chapter presents empirical evidence on change and patterns of welfare policies in the CEE countries from the mid-1990s until 2007. Three dimensions of welfare policy – organizational principles of welfare funding, policy field emphasis and decommodifying potential – are first investigated separately and then analysed across all three dimensions. The analysis provides a deeper look at the constitution of welfare policies and the clustering of both Western and Eastern welfare states within each dimension. The hybrid characteristics of the post-communist welfare states are discussed against this comparative roster.

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